By the end of the First World War, the frontline landscape had been turned into a huge wilderness. When people returned after the conflict, they were faced with the tremendous challenge of reconstructing the region and making it habitable. The traces of war were dissapeared and became part of the archaeological soil archive. Scarcely a foot (30 cm) deep and invisible to the naked eye, the archaeological remains of the war lie dormant in the soil all over the Westhoek region. This exhibition shows for the first time the findings of over ten years of archaeological investigations and contains many impressive artefacts. It looks at day-to-day life in the trenches, the material relics of trench warfare, and the story of some of the fallen soldiers whose bodies were recovered. Thanks to a variety of scientific techniques, the traces of war can emerge into the light of day again.
Traces of War: WWI Archaeology


Grote Markt 34
8900 Ypres


From Saturday, February 17, 2018
To Sunday, August 26, 2018


+32 (0)57 23 92 20

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